AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style from the central Australian desert, instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most commercially successful element of our […]

CREATING AN INDIGENOUS FUTURE IN COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Back in 2008, the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Cape York Institute for Policy & Leadership,  introduced the Cape York Welfare Reform program in four communities –  Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The idea was to find locally informed ways to address social […]

INDIGENOUS VIEWS ON MINING AND WORLD HERITAGE ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

There’s a diversity of views among Cape York indigenous communities on the Australian Government’s recent push for World Heritage listing, and on the prospect of new or expanded mining in the region. The Federal Government has run a long consultation process to muster indigenous support […]

LYNDAL PHIL AND I ON THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD

PICTURES FROM OUR CAPE YORK PENINSULA ROAD TRIP

We did our annual Cape York Peninsula road trip a bit early this year, in June instead of October. It was early in the dry season, the roads were in great shape and we travelled to Lakeland, Laura, Lama Lama National Park, Coen, Wenlock River, […]

I LOVE THIS ONE! AURUKUN CAMP DOG

VISIT THE AURUKUN ARTS CENTRE – WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

We visited Aurukun in June, an indigenous community south of Weipa on western Cape York Peninsula. The town began life in 1904 as a church mission, and over the years it’s become home to about 1200 people from the five clans that have lived in […]

The Aurukun School Band plays for fellow students for the first time.

AURUKUN SCHOOL BAND COMING TO YARRABAH BAND FESTIVAL

You’ll find the town of Yarrabah about an hour’s drive south-east of Cairns – an indigenous community of some 2500 people, established in the 1890s when Anglican missionary Ernest Gribble encouraged the area’s indigenous people to move to the site of the present-day town. By […]

PHIL MONICA ME AND JACINTA AT AURUKUN BOAT RAMP

TUNE IN TO INDIGENOUS RADIO AURUKUN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Our radio station, ABC Far North, covers a huge area of Queensland. Our listening area is just a bit bigger than the state of Victoria. In many areas, we’re the only local station, and there are still places where you can’t hear us, or anything […]

AURUKUN MEMORIAL HONOURS CAPE YORK INDIGENOUS MILITARY SERVICE

Anzac Day services will be held across far north Queensland tomorrow. Regular Anzac events have been held at Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula, for some time now – but this year they’re unveiling a memorial to indigenous men from the community who served in […]

Derek Walpo Mayor of Aurukun

MEET DEREK WALPO – THE MAYOR OF AURUKUN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The first Europeans known to have walked on Australian soil were Dutch sailors. In 1605, they steered the Duyfken into the Gulf of Carpentaria and landed at Cape Keerweer on western Cape York, south of Aurukun. Their plans to build a city there did not […]